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  • Understanding Obamacare: Town hall meeting outlines basics of complex 2010 law

    Passage of President Obama’s 1,000-page health care legislation in Congress in 2010 was a historic event. The next hurdle is explaining it to the American people, who are understandably somewhat confused about exactly what the law means.

    About 75 people showed up March 1 to “Get the Facts on the Health Care Law,” at the Evergreen Fire Administration Building on Bergen Parkway.

  • Four focus groups eye pluses, minuses of park district

    Focus groups totaling 100 people met on four occasions March 2 and 3 to share their opinions about the strengths and weaknesses of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    The district is seeking information as part of creating a 10-year master plan, a process that began earlier this year.

    The EPRD is largely known for its two rec centers, a wealth of exercise classes, the Lake House, summer paddleboating and winter skating. Properties include the Marshdale synthetic-turf fields, Stagecoach Park and Buchanan Park, site of the veterans commemorative walk.

  • Firefighters extricate woman pinned in vehicle

    Using the Jaws of Life, Evergreen firefighters rescued a woman after she was pinned upside-down for 35 minutes inside her 1989 Toyota Tacoma pickup after it rolled over on Highway 103 near Windom Road on Feb. 22.

    Miraculously, the woman emerged from the ordeal with only minor injuries and no broken bones or internal bleeding. She was taken to St. Anthony Central and released the same day after being treated for glass in her eye.

  • Denver parks chief in running for Evergreen rec district job

    An Evergreen man who currently heads the Denver Park and Recreation Department is a leading candidate for the job of executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    Scott Robson has been manager of parks and recreation for Denver since January and was deputy manager since 2007. He is the only one of at least six candidates the board has interviewed in closed meetings to be introduced to the public at large.

  • Ethics group files complaint against McCasky

    A formal complaint against former Jeffco commissioner Kevin McCasky was filed March 2 with a state ethics panel, Colorado Ethics Watch announced.

    The complaint was sparked by a Feb. 16 Columbine Courier story revealing that McCasky had proposed a $20,000 increase in county funding to the Jefferson Economic Council, which then hired him as president in January. The JEC is receiving $400,000 from the county’s general fund this year.

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  • Golden resident named to county commission

    Republican John Odom, a former candidate in state Senate District 20, has been selected to succeed Kevin McCasky as the next Jefferson County commissioner.

    Odom, 43, a Golden resident who owns part of Blue Sky Medical, aWheat Ridgemedical-supply distribution company, was announced Tuesday as the Jefferson County Republican Party vacancy committee’s top candidate.

    Odom lost to Democrat Cheri Jahn in the 2010 general election by about 4 percentage points.

  • Robson named candidate for park district chief

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board on Tuesday named Scott Robson, manager of Denver Parks and Recreation, as a candidate for the position of executive director of the Evergreen park district.

    The board will hold a special public meeting to interview Robson at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at the Buchanan Recreation Center, 32003 Ellingwood Trail. After the interview, there will be a board discussion "regarding the executive director position," according to a park district news release.

  • Banner ban strikes downtown restaurant

    One World Cafe in Evergreen is collecting signatures on a petition to protest the Jefferson County zoning regulation that prohibits banner and roof signs. As of March 1, some 153 people had signed.

    Restaurant co-owner Susan Yeagley said she would like to be able to display signs advertising community events, but she received a notice in October saying if the signs didn't disappear, she would have to make an appearance in court.

  • Meeting to discuss Elk Meadow off-leash area

    Jefferson County Open Space will hold a public meeting to unveil its plans for the off-leash dog-walking area in Elk Meadow Park.

    The meeting will be from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. March 14 at the Buchanan Recreation Center, 32003 Ellingwood Trail.

    Open Space officials started making changes to the dog park in September 2009 because dogs using numerous unofficial trails were wandering onto private property.